Falling in love with you
Was not a crashing wave
That swept me off my feet
And drowned me quickly
It was the soft pull of the tide
That drifted me into your oceans
Away from my own shores

Falling in love with you
Was not a hurricane
That poured on my windows and doors
And blew me away from my shelter
It was a rain on a warm Saturday afternoon
That persuaded me to sleep
And covered me in sheets

Falling in love with you
Was not falling at all
Loving you didn’t break my heart
And shatter my soul
Every step was deliberate
Every word was carefully chosen and lamented
My loving you was quiet on purpose
I chose to love you carefully

By Tessie Mmbuka

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